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Slow delivery of order
Posted by Kfred on 09/15/2010
MORGANTON, NORTH CAROLINA -- I ordered a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox from Rooster Bush Chevrolet on June 30 2010 and paid a down payment on the car at that time. I was told it would probably take six weeks to deliver. I have now waited 11 weeks with no communication from GM about the delay or the expected delivery date. When the local dealer has called he has been assured my order is in line and waiting assembly- why is it taking so long to get a new car when I chose American at a time that I am trying to do my part for the economy.

In hind site I would have done things very differently had I known it would take three months or longer . . .

Kevin Frederick
     
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Push Button Start
Posted by BALATAGUY on 08/06/2010
Well here is another invention to prove employees have too much time on their hands. The key-less resistor ignition. Or better put a hundred dollar cell phone sized do it all key-less entry, start and what ever, in place of a 1.00 key to get this Corvette moving.

If I knew this POS was going to cause me trouble I'd have bought a 06 with a key ignition. For you geeks that want all the bells and whistles buy an 08, but for the die hard motor head you will be amazed at the BS in this cars computer and tricks under its belt. I want a corvette that goes and handles not a bells and whistles girlie sports car.

Next car will be a no frills real mans car.

Thanks to the girlie men at GM to remove the hair on GM's chest.
     
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Posted by Weedwhacked on 2010-08-06:
Get an older corvette.
Posted by Slimjim on 2010-08-06:
The Corvette really is a pretty loaded up gadget machine compared to many competitive models.
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Power doors-not power
Posted by Bmom on 07/10/2010
DETRIOT, MICHIGAN -- We bought our Chevy Uplander in June of 2006, we've had problems with the power doors from the start. The sensors, or so they said. They didn't always work, so we'd have to us the manual, but then there would be a constant "dinging" because the door was not actually closed. The doors will mysterioiusly open on their own, some times they will NOT open at all. They've even opened on their own while we are driving. The company will do NOTHING! I sent letters but to no avail. The van was in the shop constantly. The past year we've had nothing but constant problems and all we get is, "well try it now". now the warranty is over and we have to pay.. for what? I'm not sure, two weeks ago I spent $600 and that same night the doors both had problems. We can't even use the one side. No big deal I guess...well at least tell my five kids! I guess that when one of the kids falls out due to the door opening and they are injured, the law suit against General Motors might get them to take notice!
     
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Posted by bcd on 2010-07-10:
In the best interest of your five children: Sell that car today and take the loss.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-10:
Agreed. While Toyota has had some issues, get one ASAP.
Posted by Augustus2099 on 2010-08-08:
Write Lemon on the car and Maybe you can get a free car it depends on the state. Wow If my Doors suddenly came open I wouldn't drive that car again.
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Airbags did NOT deploy on collision
Posted by Lasseg on 02/20/2010
After reading other reviews on this site, I have to say I'm not only apalled, but frightened for the safety of myself and my 5 year old daughter with continued use of our only vehicle, which is a '98 Chevy Lumina.

I was involved in a thankfully non-injury accident the first week of February 2010, where I was stopped at a stop sign and a vehicle turning into the parking lot I was waiting to exit hit a patch of slushy ice/snow mixture and slammed into my driver's side door at approx. 25 mph (she didn't slow enough for the turn anyway, but moot point).

Thankfully, neither of us was injured, but I found it extremely worrisome that not only did MY airbag not deploy, but neither did the passenger side airbag.

One defective airbag, I can understand as a one-off incident, but with BOTH failing to deploy, I'm less inclined to attribute to happenstance, and more as shoddy worksmanship by the manufacturer. I'm honestly wondering if I truly HAVE airbags at this point; after all, I've never seen them, and they didn't deploy when they should have; it's entirely possible that I've got nothing but empty space in my steering wheel and dash.

If not, I might as well have empty space, for all the good it's doing me.

Then, I get online to research possible reasons for them not to deploy (ie does it have to be a certain speed of impact, or triggered by head-on or rear collision only, etc) and I find this site, where not only are the NUMEROUS defects listed with the same car I've got, but that I'm not the only one who had the EXACT SAME PROBLEM with the airbags.

And, apparently, the airbags are just crap all around, because there are a few people listed here who had them popping out for no reason whatsoever.

All I can say is that first chance I get, I'm going back to Honda Accord. I'd much rather spend $300-$500 every two years on CV joints and outer tie rods than not have working airbags or other equally dangerous defects.

Made In America was SUPPOSED to be a good thing, but evidently...not so much.
     
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Posted by spiderman2 on 2010-02-20:
According to this site http://www.internetautoguide.com/car-specifications/09-int/1998/chevrolet/lumina/index.html the 1998 Lumina has driver and passenger front airbags. Front airbags do not deploy in a side-impact collission. They deploy when the vehile is hit head on.
Posted by Skye on 2010-02-20:
Why is your five year old daughter riding in the passenger seat? Shouldn't she still be in a booster seat, in the back? Be grateful the airbag did not deploy and cause her serious injury.
Posted by Skye on 2010-02-20:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say keep your child who is over 40 pounds in a belt positioning booster seat until they are eight years old, unless they are already 4'9" tall. This is because 'a child under 80 lbs. is generally too small for an adult seat belt. The lap belt rides up over the stomach and the shoulder belt cuts across the neck. In a crash, this can cause critical or even fatal injuries. The booster seat should be postioned in the rear seat, not next to the driver side, in the passenger seat.
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-02-20:
i thought it was the law that kids under specific height/weight had to be in child seats in the back.

the smartest place is to put them behind the driver, because the human's natural instinct is to protect themselves in a crash.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-02-21:
Good info, Skye. My first thought too was thank goodness the passenger airbag did not deploy because a child could be seriously hurt.
Posted by yoke on 2010-02-21:
The OP did not say the child was in the front seat, just that the passenger side airbag did not deploy. The child could have been in the backseat.
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-02-21:
does this vehicle have side impact airbags??

at 25 mph, most airbags will not deploy. it is for the safety of the occupants.
Posted by let me see? on 2010-02-21:
You are kidding right? You have never seen the bags? It is very plain to see you know nothing about air bags. Airbags are deployed when you have head on collision over a certain mile per hour, unless you have side airbags, which I do not believe a 2008 would have. Also many cars have a sensor on the passenger seat, if no one is sitting it, it will not deploy. but that also may not be on a 2008. And PS same thing would have happened on a Honda, or i mean nothing would have happened with airbags on Honda in the same kind of accident.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2010-02-21:
Don't the front driver and passenger side airbags only deploy when hit head on? Now unless you are talking about driver and passenger side side airbags, that would be different; but do they even have those in a '98 anything?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-21:
The OP mentions the car has side airbags. I did a google search and found several cars of this year that indicate they have passenger side airbags. That said, I cant find anything that says they only go off at low speeds, teh way front air bags do. Anyone have a link as to how side airbags work??
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-21:
Ok, found something indicating side airbags go off at speeds of 8-18MPH, so if that is accurate, they would not have deployed in this accident

http://www.iihs.org/research/qanda/airbags.html
Posted by Starlord on 2010-02-21:
Airbags in most American cars do not deploy on a side collision, but on a head-on or rear-on collision. Your car did not have side airbags, so the airbags in your car would not have helped in a side colliosion.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-21:
Star----did I read wrong? When the OP says "neither did the passenger side airbag"--did she mean the FRONT air bag on the passenger side? Or an actual SIDE airbag on the passenger side? Good grief....that reads like a freaking riddle from hades.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-02-21:
Yoke, by saying, "I have to say I'm not only apalled, but frightened for the safety of myself and my 5 year old daughter" the OP is implying that her daughter was in the front seat. The daughter's safety would not be in jeopardy if she was in the back seat and the front passenger airbag did not deploy.
Posted by yoke on 2010-02-22:
Lost, I guess we view her post in different ways. I took it as she was appalled that the vehicle was not as safe as she thought it was. NOWHERE does she state her daughter was in the front seat.
Posted by klobbersaurus685 on 2010-02-22:
I read this post 4 times to understand the whole thing.
Here's what I got:
She is complaining that the driver's airbag and the passenger airbag did not inflate.
I didn't see any reference to a side curtain airbag or an airbag that comes out of the seats.
Based on that, the front airbags should not have deployed by being hit on the driver's side.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-02-22:
You're right, yoke. The OP does not specifically say that the child was in the front seat. That was just the impression I got based on the wording in the review. Maybe the OP will come back to clarify.
Posted by Lasseg on 2010-02-23:
My daughter does NOT ride in the front seat. She rides in a booster seat in the middle of the back seat. I meant, in general, I'm worried for her safety in the car, not specifically air-bag related for her.

If one safety device in the car fails, what's to say that others won't? Especially as I've noticed the middle seatbelt does not seem to lock when buckled, the strap loosens. I've added a locking clip to it to keep it from sliding, but it still worries me, and I'm reluctant to move her to either of the other seats in case of side collision, even though the seatbelts in those seats seem to have less give when buckled.
Posted by klobbersaurus685 on 2010-02-23:
OP, since you are reading these, could you please explain why you feel the air bags should deploy in a side collision?
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-02-23:
"If one safety device in the car fails, what's to say that others won't?"...but OP you still don't understand. Nothing failed. The airbags were not designed to deploy in the type of collision you describe. Get into a head on and then check back with us. I bet they deploy then, as they were designed to do.
Posted by Slimjim on 2010-02-23:
Yes Lasseq, you do not seem to be absorbing the information being left here, which should parrot your previous research as well.
Bottom line.
Front airbags do NOT deploy in side or rear end crashes. They would be defective and a safety issue if they DID.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2010-02-23:
I didn't know that the middle seat belts were supposed to lock. I haven't seen any that do.
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Tired of fixing
Posted by Cleemiller55 on 01/07/2010
We are getting tired of fixing my Trailblazer. The first couple of years it was a good vehicle. However, in the past year, the ignition switch went - $300 for that fix. Then the lower tie-rods went - $500 for that one (both went at the same time.) Then the front driver's side wheel bearing went - $330. Now the check engine light came on. (Advance Auto computer check - 4 different possibilities all pertaining to low engine idle.) Turned out to be a dirty throttle body - so far.

In the past year, this has turned my husband into a full time mechanic. He is also slowly building up his tool inventory. It seems no matter what tools he has, every fix he seems to need another tool and he already has quite an inventory. Why do they always have to use parts that use tools that you don't have??? (Besides having stock in the tool companies?) Either they get your money by you taking your vehicle in for repair or they get your money when you buy the tools so you can fix it yourself. One way or the other, they get you.
     
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Posted by dan gordon on 2010-01-07:
maintenance is a fact of car ownership. Tie Rods etc are wear items. Nothing you mention is out of the ordinary. Things can go wrong with any car. Many people would love to have just your list for their 5 yr old car.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-07:
It is called maintenance. Just like with your house.
Posted by redmx3racer on 2010-01-08:
Trailblazers have had years where there were issues with the ignition switch, one year I had to replace them on about 80 units I had in my fleet.
Everything else you mention is a wear item. I can't tell from your review if they wore out prematurely-you did not include the amount of miles on the vehicle. How fast they wear also depend on where you drive and how you drive-rough roads will wear parts out faster than if you are on smooth roads.
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Authorized dealer not competent to diagnose problem and unacceptable lead time
Posted by Kanjirapally on 10/08/2009

Thanks for your phone call for the last complaint I placed on your web site. But I just got an automated reply from the website, cheveroletarabia.com

September 30, my car just stopped in city traffic and I had to call police and recover the car to the authorized service center in Dubai. It was on 6th October only that I got my car back, after a long wait for spare part, which the dealer said was to shipped from a foreign country.

I just drove the car for about 2 hours that, I had to face the same problem again. Again calling police and waiting for the recovery in the hot humid road. (40 degrees). When asked about the status (So that I can rent 1)after repeated calls, the agent is not able to give a commitment and the last I heard is that today being Thursday they work till 1.30 pm and I will be called to on Saturday by 11 am to inform the status. (It may not happen) This is not acceptable behavior from a company like GM.
If you have the problem in diagnosing the problem, just replace the car.
     
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Posted by Skye on 2009-10-08:
This is not acceptable behavior from a company like GM.
If you have the problem in diagnosing the problem, just replace the car.
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YOU ARE DREAMING, BIG>>>
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-08:
You are also located in a foreign country and expect lightening service? LMAO.

Posted by Kanjirapally on 2009-10-09:
GM is not a company solely for USA, and USA is not the end of the world.It is a global company. Example. UAE (Smaller than many of US states)buys more hummer's than any other country other than USA.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-09:
Kanji, I am aware of that. I meant that GM probably has manufacturing plants outside UAE. Which means your parts come across the border. Which means they can get stuck in customs. Which means it takes time.
Posted by Kanjirapally on 2009-10-10:
Its OK ladyscot, but they should stock it here, considering the size of the market. (These I think are just pure lies) But atleast they should give a call to update me about the status, and they should respond to my emails so that i can act accordingly.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-10-10:
Mind if i ask?.... Dubai or Jebal Ali?

that's the only places I've been to in the UAE.


and yeah things can get stuck in customs there. car parts should be non-offensive but there's a lot of things that have to be audited before they're allowed into the country.

though things have lightened up since i first went there (i've been there in 98, 2000, and 2006... navy ships)
Posted by Kanjirapally on 2009-10-11:
Can you imagine. I got a call from the dealer today mornig. Car is ready. Just 30 kilometres and for the 3rd time, there it it, broken down in the middle of the road with the same problem at a traffcic light in Dubai just 2 hrs after I got it from the workshop. The authorised service dealer not competent to fix it.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-10-11:
oy. that sucks.

only thing i can think of is... if you know any sailors or marines who are good with cars... see if they'll look at it?

there might be an engineer around who knows more than that dealer does
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A/C water leaking on carpet
Posted by NoGM on 09/23/2009
I bought a new Traverse. Shortly after noticed a/c water leaking on the carpet. Car stayed at dealer service dept. for a month waiting on the part with the dash taken completely out. When I got it back it was doing the same thing in the same place. GM customer service has been terrible. They act like they don't care about the customer. Now they don't know what to do about the problem. I have taken it back 3 times and they want me to carry it to another service dept., so the car has been in the shop half the time I have owned it. I have owned only GM cars and trucks, but will not own another one.
     
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Posted by skelly39 on 2009-09-23:
Do you have a lemon law in your state?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-23:
A/C water? Your heater core, right?
Posted by MSCANTBEWRONG on 2009-09-23:
or maybe the condensation drain is getting clogged or not draining properly.
Posted by bcd on 2009-09-23:
That's correct skelly39; Lemon Law is the answer.

State Lemon Law Statutes:
http://www.carlemon.com/
Posted by MRM on 2009-09-23:
MsCantBWrong, is right, condensation drainage is clogged up with leaves and debris.
Posted by bcd on 2009-09-23:
If it is clogged then there's no excuse for the repair department to miss it three times.
Posted by CSD on 2009-09-23:
Im curious what they thought the problem was since they were waiting on this part. What part did they replace?
Posted by Mike on 2013-07-14:
We're is the drain for the ac located
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Chevy Trucks break down
Posted by Chvy TRK on 09/17/2009
MIDDLETOWN,, CONNECTICUT -- I'm writing in complaint regarding Chevy trucks. During the same year, '02, two Chevy trucks were purchased in my family. A 2500 HD Silverado and an S-10 ZR2. I have found that on both trucks at about 60,000 miles, things start failing/breaking etc. The first to go was the weather seal on my drivers door of the S-10. Second was the brakelines rusting out on the 2500. The Chevy dealership, Jackson Chevrolet, in Middletown CT, "fixed" the brakelines under warranty. 20,000 miles later, however, when the truck was not "under warranty, I had to apply the brakes hard, resulting in a crash. When I applied the brake, the peddle hit the floor. The brake lines had once again rusted completely through. Chevy refused to pay for the second brake line replacement or truck repair resulting from the crash. I also replaced the S-10 master cylinder and other major components within the first 60,000 miles. When I recently brought the truck for an oil change at a Monro muffler at 103k, I told the guys that I always get my truck serviced at the dealership but could they please figure out why it sounds like I'm dragging metal on concrete when I drive. They pulled off the tires, however I always have my truck serviced at the dealership, they neglected to tell me that all four rotors and break pads needed replacing again! The breaklines in my S-10 had also rusted to a dangerous degree. Needless to say, I will not be buying a Chevy truck or car in the future. I was not satisfied with the service, price, functioning or reliability of the trucks.
     
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Posted by Starlord on 2009-09-17:
All vehicles break down. The title of your post reminds me of the story about the mountain man who visited the city and saw a sign in a plumbing supply store, "Cast Iron Sinks." He looked at the sign, then said, "Shucks, any idiot knows that." Chevy trucks break down, so do Ford, Dodge, GMC and Toyota.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-09-17:
+1 star, lmao
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Chevrolet Cobalts gone BAD!
Posted by Candieachs03 on 08/12/2009
I live in New Orleans, Louisiana and after I experienced problems with my car after hurricane Katrina I purchased a 05 chevrolet cobalt in November of 2005 from a certified used car dealership. I did a Carfax report on the car and nothing came back on the car. I purchased an extended warranty for my car as well. within the first month It started when I needed my headlights pushed up and my air conditioner was leaking all over the floor. When I brought my car to the dealership the front desk people came to inspect the problems and informed me that my car had been wrecked in the front that my warranty was now void! NOt to mention that I had to bring it 5 hours away from my house b/c all of the New Orleans dealerships were our of commission or I would have to wait 2 to 3 months. The dealership told me they could not do it unless I wanted to pay for it. I contacted the owner of the dealership and basically threatened to call all local news stations and he fixed the problem. About 2 months later I was commuting from Jackson, Mississippi to New Orleans weekly, and my cruise control stopped working and the wheels began shaking very badly on my way back to New Orleans. I took it to the dealership I purchased it from they told me while they had it they would fix a recall with the headliner. So I go to pick it up and everything worked fine. 2 days later I realized on my way back to Mississippi that the cruise control would not work at all on the interstate, only on highways. The dealership made me wait 2 months to bring it back in and gave me a line of crap about my warranty not covering it and the part I needed replaced would be an absurd amount of money. About 6 months my automatic door locks stopped working and would only work when used with my alarm remote. A few days after that my driver side door would not open. 2 months later my car locks started going crazy and locking and unlocking themselves when the car was on and off. A few months ago my unlock button on my alarm remote stopped working. I changed out the battery but it still did not work. Now here I am driving down the street and I hear beeping and see that my car is telling me that the power steering is completely out. Imagine that....just when you wonder how could it get worse..... Me and my husband are looking for another car for him and I will NEVER buy another Chevrolet or American made car again!! EVER!!! I can honestly say that I HATE CHEVROLET!!!
     
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Posted by MSCANTBEWRONG on 2009-08-12:
Goodness. That's a whole lot of issues with a car that supposedly is in excellent working order. Speak with your dollars and buy from someone reputable. Sorry for all of your issues.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-08-13:
Granted that life up here in the northeast is different, our interstates ARE highways!
Posted by PTCuda on 2009-08-27:
You blame the car when the dealer you bought it from was a bunch of crooks? I don't get it? And did you ever check your fluids? I guess not that you ran it dry of powersteering fluid or you never listed as it sounded odd as you turned the wheel. Powersteering does tend to make a lot of noise as it goes dry..
Posted by unhappy on 2011-07-22:
I have an 07 cobalt i bought brand new.This car is a death trap.I had to get the power steering fixed after the recall,the airbags stopped working,the signal lights tore up,the doors wont shut properly,the engine knocks when you start it and now its leaking gas from the fuel pump module that is under recall if your 1 of the lucky few with the right vin number.They have tried 3 times to fix to the knock and cant figure out what it is.My vin was 4 digits off from being covered for the fuel pump, and when i talk to them, they say it should be covered but its not!? Made in the same plant as the faulty ones at the same time but mines not covered.They tell me to go get a $250 diagnosis when i can get the part and put it on for that.And after i get the diagnosis,they still wont fix it, they just want it to put in the records to consider a full recall.They should pay for that,im still under warrenty,for what thats worth,gm loyal care my big foot!
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2012-02-10:
The Cobalt uses an electronically-operated power steering system. There is no fluid cap. I own a 2007 Cobalt that I bought used (the car was sold brand new there, and most of the servicing was done by the dealer where I bought the car.) GM had a recall involving Cobalt power steering failures. I never had steering issues with mine yet, but the Carfax I got with my car reveals a steering and suspension inspection at 35,000 miles...I assume that the recall repair was already done on my Cobalt. Only time will tell, but at least I know what to look for should the steering go out on my car.
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2005 Monte Carlo
Posted by Skytrider on 07/09/2009
My speedometer seems to have a mind of its own, speedometer will sometimes stick on a speed. Tachometer will do the same. I have complaints that indicates the problem is known to Chevrolet.

When I had a Chrysler product my family bought three others. This is my first Chevy in many years, it is also my last.
     
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Posted by P.T.Barnum's walking advertisment on 2009-07-12:
God bless you because if you count on GM to do anything,you will need that blessing ! GM has chosen to totally ignore consumer complaints regardless of the fortune they spend on advertising trying to state the contrary !
Don't feel lonesome in your dilemma, I have purchased a new GM product and I too am stuck with a very pronounced
"L-E-M-O-N " What a great company GM has been to the development of our great country ! We could change our national bird from the Eagle to a C-H-I-C-K-E-N or maybe
the "GM V-U-L-T-U-R-E !!
Posted by skytrider on 2009-07-13:
I am going to let GM know my feelings by never buying another of their products
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